Actions on Materiality
Local Communities (FY2018 Report)
Reasons why materiality is important for our business
When conducting its business in close cooperation with local communities, the Daigas Group can grow along with the communities by fulfilling its responsibility such as paying local taxes and contributing to local communities in various fields. Doing so will lead to a favorable cycle that brings the development of local communities.
Inside of the Group
Management systems and its performance
Indicator (GRI Standards: 413-1)
Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments and development programs
Based on the “Daigas Group Code of Conduct”, we care about the issues faced by society and strive to contribute to the local community recognizing what we are expected to act as a member of the society.
(International and domestic standards)
(In-house policy and standards)
- Daigas Group Code of Conduct
The “CSR Committee” has set up a “Social Contributions Subcommittee” to deliberate and report on multidisciplinary social contribution activities within the Group. The meetings of the Subcommittee were convened three times in FY2018.
In the Regional Co-Creation Division, we have set up company-wide activity planning, with each individual business operation taking advantage of the local network it built in the communities to move forward with activities in its area.
Social Contribution Promotion System
In FY2018, all major business offices undertook activities tailored to local stakeholders' characteristics. We promoted communication-enhancement activities to deepen the public's understanding of business projects run by the Daigas Group. In addition, we filed proposals aimed at building resilient cities and communities while developing programs for making regional communities attractive by adding new value.
Specific actions taken regarding materiality
The Daigas Group strives to develop sustainable regional communities by vitalizing them through the use of Group assets, promoting a Small Light Campaign led by employees of the Group, and stepping up collaboration with nonprofit organizations. By doing so, the Group aims to create new value (regional co-creation) in each local community.
Daigas Group's “Small Light Campaign”
This is a company volunteer effort by the Daigas Group that has taken on many forms, including assistance for disaster-hit areas and assistance for the handicapped, over its more than 30-year history starting in 1981 (the UN International Year of Disabled Persons).
Examples of Volunteer and Donation Activities
|Topic||Examples of activities|
|As a good corporate citizen||“Charity Calendar Donations”||Donation of funds for disaster relief|
|Midosuji Tohoku Recovery Assistance Bazaar||“Osaka Gas Tomoshibi Club”|
|Hosting of Social Design Forum||Hosting of “Healing Music Concerts”|
|Charity concert by employee music club||Book recycling|
|Donation of used stamps/cards||In-home volunteer activities for washcloth stitching
* In FY 2017, washcloth stitching began to be consigned to welfare facilities for disabled people as part of the Daigas Group's efforts to support the employment of such people and make them feel fulfilled in their work.
|Donation of unused/spoiled postcards||Cooperation with blood donation drive|
|“Hajimaru-kun” program for re-use of donated PC||Osaka Gas Baseball Club's “Heart Ball Project”|
|Support for fair trade||“Small Light Campaign” 25th Anniversary projects, “Child Assistance Civic Activity Program” 30th Anniversary projects|
|“My Osaka Gas” content: “Social Design+”||Cleaning activities (cleaning strategy)
Various volunteer activities for marathon events
|Together with children||“Tomoshibi Children's Cooking”||Volunteer confectionery making|
|“Tomoshibi Children's Theater”||Theatrical workshop for children|
|Together with senior citizens||Charity collection at Osaka Gas Suzurankai (an association of former Osaka Gas employees)
Suzurankai charity fairs and donation activities at Suzurankai general meetings
|Together with the disabled||“Midosuji Fureai Bazaar”||Cooking class sessions for disabled groups|
|Employee volunteer club||“Tablecloth” sign language club||“Tomoshibi” Braille club|
Education of Youth
For the education of young people, who are to play key roles in the next generation, we are undertaking activities aimed at promoting energy and environmental education, food education, and disaster-prevention and fire education. Our energy and environmental education programs started in 2006, followed by other educational programs—food education, and disaster-prevention and fire education. To promote food education, we have compiled a “Food Education Book” and distributed copies to elementary schools. In FY2018, we started a new seminar promoting soup stock for Japanese food, enabling participants to taste such soup stock. Our fire education seminar provided an opportunity for participants to experience fire building to familiarize them with “fire,” and to help them learn about “fire.”
In our disaster-prevention education that started in 2014, we have compiled an original anti-disaster booklet developed as education material, titled “Thinking about disaster prevention class,” and distributed its copies to local elementary schools and other facilities.
Contribution to developing and building stable, high-quality and resilient cities and communities
The Daigas Group has been collaborating with municipal governments in building resilient cities and communities while taking advantage of the Group's strong points. Specifically, we have disseminated information regarding energy policies and disaster-prevention plans formulated by municipalities while putting forward our own proposals on these issues.
Publicize the attractive points of regional culture and history, and contribute to revitalizing regions
We are utilizing the Daigas Group's business infrastructure to make the culture and history of the Kansai region more attractive, and to cooperate with local governments and communities as well as NPOs, social designers and others in revitalizing communities.